Over the summer I got into a good habit of making monthly writing goals. Then Nano happened when my only goal for November was 50,000 words and because I was busy with Nano I didn’t review October’s goals, then I was out of the habit (and forgot) to do any for December. I’m half tempted to say as we’re notw half way through, I’m not going to make any, but having a goal encourages me to write, and as I’m not doing any writing at the moment I am going to make some.
The second half of December’s goals are:
Write 250 words per day (fiction).
Do 12 blogs. Include at least one weekend blog.
Read 2 novels – Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress and The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson (not on my To Read list, but one I picked up a while ago and have been dying to read since)
Write a magazine article for my writing course.
I can do that – no problem. Hell, if I can write 50,000 in a month I can do this.
There must be something wrong with me. Totally wrong. I’ve had a three day weekend as I had Friday off too for a Grand Designs event at the NEC. That’s three days where normally I wouldn’t do any writing in any way, shape or form. But, because I’ve signed up to write 250 words a day minimum for NovelPI I knew I had to do at least that. When we packed to come away for the weekend I insisted the man brought his laptop so I could do some writing. I managed 723 on Friday, 467 yesterday and today currently sits at 407 (I may squeeze more in after this blog). How good is that. My problem has always been motivating myself to actually get off my ass and write. I’ve found that if I know I HAVE to, it’s not that hard to do. And as I’ve managed it 2 days where I’ve been really busy, then I really should be able to manage it EVERY day.
‘Holiday’ is coming on quite nicely. Before this weekend I’d never finished a scene (except the one short story that I’ve finished). I still haven’t, but I think I’m only about 100 words away from finishing one. I’m really happy with that. Also I think I must have doubled the number of words I’ve written for it this month. I can’t remember how many I’d written before, but in the first seven days of novelPI I wrote 5354 words towards the novel. So happy with myself.
I’m very close to finishing reading my current book. I might have a big push to do that tonight so I can start a new one tomorrow. My next book is written by Dorothy Koomson, I’ve read a book by her before, My Best Friend’s Girl, and loved it, so I’m really looking forward to starting this one. I’m meeting up with a friend this week who’s as into reading as me, and who I always swap books with. She says she’s got a load of books for me. Oh yes! 🙂